Former FEMA director returns to Kay County

Ponca City Now - October 16, 2014 9:11 am

George W. Bush appointed him as the FEMA director and he helped New York recover from the 9/11 attacks, but he always kept his hometown close. Joe Albaugh grew up in Blackwell and his subscription to the Blackwell Journal Tribune keeps him updated on his hometown. He said he wanted to help while Blackwell addresses some difficult situations.

"I placed a call to a city council woman that I know, and I said gollie if I can help I will, and next thing I knew I was in Blackwell and here I am as we speak," Albaugh said.

Albaugh has served as Blackwell’s interim City Manager since August 11, but is suppose to leave soon. He said they have made a lot of progress since he has stepped in

"I think we are teeing up the necessary projects, making sure our water quality is improved, constant source of electricity, trying to attract businesses," Albaugh said. " We have a great work force here in western Kay County and I want businesses to know about it and consider relocating here in Blackwell."

There are also three street projects happening, along with updating the electrical system downtown.

Albaugh said he wanted to give back to the community that gave so much to him.


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